SDG 14: Life Below Water

UN SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society

Mary Lake

The Great Victoria Greenbelt Society considers the natural world to be a precious and necessary partner to the healthy existence of all beings including humans. We believe that all aspects of nature deserve to be respected and protected now and for future generations.

In spending time in nature, we undergo a process of deepening our insight and awareness, a process in which we strengthen our connection with the natural environment. This fundamental shift in our perspective allows us to realize our ties and responsibility to all life.

Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society


“To promote the reservation, acquisition and protection, and where necessary the purchase of greenbelt lands, potential parklands and outstanding examples of our natural and cultural heritage for the benefit of all citizens of the Greater Victoria metropolitan area.”

Salish Sea Central

The idea of using Salish Sea as an umbrella-name for the Puget Sound, The Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia goes back to the early 1980’s.  That was when the science clearly suggested that the combined waters of the three bodies of water, was an integrated estuary and ecosystem. I though the Salsih Sea would be an appropriate name for this body of water. As the name recognition increased over time there was a movement to have the name formalized—first by the US Tribes and CA First Nations (2007) and then in early 2010 by BC, WA, the US and CA.

PENAWEN - the harvest time

Penawen moon
The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. This month's moon, Pexawen, the harvest time, signifies the hunting and gathering and harvesting and the abundance of food.

Sxanel: The Arrival of the Bullhead

13 Moon calendar - Sxanel- deepening spring

The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. This month's moon, Sxanal, the bullhead, signifies a deepening of spring, birds arriving, flowers blooming and the bullheads are back.

San Juans Citizens Alliance

In 1986 a group of concerned citizens joined forces, launching the Alliance to protect their families and neighbors from the impacts of unchecked oil and gas development. Over the years, the organization grew to address a broad array of issues concerning the quality and protection of regional air, land, and water resources. The Alliance has over 1000 dues-paying members and thousands of supporters who care passionately about preserving the unique qualities of this region. We are supported by eight staff members who add decades of technical and strategic expertise to the cause.

Ocean Alliance

Ocean Alliance was founded in 1971 by renowned cetacean biologist Dr. Roger Payne. Roger’s discovery in the 1970s that humpback whales sing songs was not only a landmark moment for the birth of modern whale biology, but also for the global "save the whale" movement. The haunting and beautiful song combined with its presumed role in courtship connected the public with these animals in an emotional and heretofore unseen manner, raising the public opinion that led to the global moratorium on commercial whaling in 1982.

American Friends of Canadian Conservation

American Friends of Canadian Conservation accomplishes its land and water preservation mission through innovative partnerships and its ability to access valuable bi-national financial incentives. Qualified Canadian conservation entities identify properties what are high priorities for protection and owned by US taxpayers.

Hornby Island Conservancy


  • To preserve and foster stewardship of the human and natural environment of Hornby and adjacent waters

  • To promote human tenure on the Earth in ways compatible with its nature

  • To encourage and undertake activities directed toward creating and maintaining compatible, sustainable, mutually beneficial interaction between the community and its members, and the natural environment